Auto burglar draws 12-year sentence

Evanston police say a man caught breaking into cars in northwest Evanston last fall has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Henry Clay Frier, 42, of 250 Ridge Ave. in Evanston, was sentenced Aug. 13 by Judge Larry Axelrood in district court in Skokie after being convicted of chargers of burglary to a motor vehicle.

He’d been arrested about 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 22, 2009 by officers called to the 2700 block of Payne Street by a resident who noticed a suspicious person trying to enter parked cars.

After officers spotted Frier, they say they found he had a variety of items that he couldn’t explain in his possession — including an I-Pass transponder that they learned had been taken from a car in the neighborhood.


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